Monday, 3 June 2013

Cyril Fletcher - "Pin Back Your Lugholes"

Cyril Fletcher
Tuesday 25th June 2013 will be the 100 year anniversary of the birth of British comedian Cyril Fletcher. 

Fondly remembered for his appearances on the BBC panel show "What's My Line" and latterly on the lamented consumer magazine programme "That's Life" with Esther Rantzen, Fletcher is best remembered for his "Odd Odes" and for his "Pin back your lugholes" catchphrase.

The Odd odes were not a new innovation for the television series however, he originally started performing them back in 1937 when short of material for a radio show. 

Their inauguration gave rise to him receiving a regular programme on Radio Luxembourg, which in turn brought him national recognition.

On the "That's Life" TV set
Born the son of a solicitor in Watford, Hertfordshire, he graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 

His 70 year career covered theatre, radio and television with him being a regular contributor to the BBC radio show "Does The Team Think" throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s. In later years he presented a gardening programme for Channel TV.

Described as a very droll, whimsical and artistic man, he passed away peacefully in his sleep in January 2005, at his home in Guernsey, Channel Islands.

Excerpt from his Channel TV gardening programme

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